Judge: Windham school bus driver stole $1,500 by faking time sheets

By Dave O'Brien | Staff Writer Published:

A former Windham school bus driver faces a minimum of probation or up to two-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty at trial of stealing nearly $1,500 from the Windham School District by falsifying her time sheets.

Caroyl L. Fowler, 58, of 10330 S.R. 303, was found guilty of one count each of theft in office, a fourth-degree felony, and theft, a fifth-degree felony, at a recent bench trial in Portage County Common Pleas Court before Visiting Judge Marvin Shapiro. Sentencing is pending a pre-sentence investigation.

A message seeking comment on the case was left for Fowler's attorney, Jill Fankhauser.

An investigation by the Windham Police Department found that over a 54-day period in March and April 2011, Fowler was paid $1,468 for bus trips she did not make from Windham to Ravenna.

Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said the theft was exposed when a substitute bus driver working for Fowler on April 28, 2011, reported to a supervisor that there were no students on a bus trip from Windham to Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna. The route was meant for students in the Cooperative Learning Program, a non-traditional educational program for students with emotional or behavioral issues.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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  • Somebody call off the dogs. That is a stupid reason to be giving someone jail time. Jail the murderers, rapists, and bank robbers, etc. What do they think that they're getting tough on crime? This is just lousy school management. Educators with no common sense.

  • Windham is not all bad. Its just a small town and only the bad gets published. There are alot of good people in Windham, just hard for outsiders to know because the only news about the little town is all bad.

  • When I read this article is shocked me, she use to be my bus driver through middle school, junior high, and high school. I would have never thought of her to ever have been that type of person. I wish the best for her.

  • **** unions!!

  • This shows how badly the taxpayer’s money is spent by the schools. The schools should have caught this on the very first trip. Doesn’t any one watch what these drivers do?

  • Seems to be a pattern up there in Windham. Cops and school bus drivers stealin money. I bet if it was a windham cop that stole the money, Chief Gene Fixler woulda turned a blind eye!